Just curious how the tonal aspirations shape up hear. I'm a huge fan of both Jer and Bobby's playing and one. They hugely influence what's in my head, but I'm not looking to clone or imitate the sound. But then I'm not looking to do a tribute thing. Wondering how that shapes your playing, how much of you comes through in your shows, and if your setting your own style aside in order to nail Jerry or Bobby's?
My band is a four piece with bass, drums, electric and acoustic guitars. The drummer and acoustic player are very strong vocalists. I sing the occasional lead and most harmonies.
We don't try to ape Jerry tone. We play the tunes to the best of our abilities. We mix our sets with Dead, Ry Cooder, Lindley, Taj Mahal , Traffic, Hot Tuna, Country Joe, Kinks, Haggard, Staples Singers, Curtis Mayfield, Lyle Lovett, Hendrix, and my originals.
If I need to quote a Jerry line, I will. Playing Bobby's chord shapes is useful depending on the tune. We are a cover band like the Dead were a cover band in that we play the tune our way.
The last thing I want to do is play or sound like Jerry. He taught me to be myself.